Randy Wittman hired as Timberwolves assistant
Minnesota Timberwolves Vice President of Basketball Operations Kevin McHale today announced the team has named Randy Wittman an assistant coach. Wittman spent the 2005-06 campaign as an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic.
"I am tremendously excited to come back to Minnesota and join Dwane Casey's coaching staff and am grateful for this opportunity," Wittman said. "I look forward to working together to get this team back in the playoffs and to develop its corps of young talent in the process."
This is Wittman’s third tour with the team. He was with the Timberwolves for five seasons (1994-95 – 1998-99) as an assistant coach before serving as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers for two campaigns (1999-2000 and 2000-01), where he compiled a 62-102 record. Wittman returned to Minnesota and served as a Wolves assistant coach for four seasons (2001-02 – 2004-05) before departing for Orlando. He originally came to Minnesota from the Dallas Mavericks, where he spent the 1993-94 season as an assistant coach under Quinn Buckner. He also served one season (1992-93) on Bob Hill’s staff with the Indiana Pacers.
"Randy has proven himself to be an outstanding NBA coach and we feel he will be an excellent addition to Dwane's staff," McHale said. "He has a great knowledge of the game and a tireless work ethic."
A 1983 graduate of Indiana University, Wittman played nine seasons in the NBA. He was a first-round draft choice of the Washington Bullets but was dealt to the Atlanta Hawks prior to the start of the 1983-84 campaign. During his NBA playing career, Wittman saw action with the Hawks, Sacramento Kings and Pacers. He averaged 7.4 points per game (50.1 FG%) in 543 career games.
A two-time academic All-American at Indiana, Wittman was a member of the Hoosiers’ 1981 NCAA championship team and was named co-Big Ten Player of the Year as a senior in 1983. Wittman was honored in November 1995 with induction into the Indiana University Hall of Fame. In March 1996 he was named to the Indiana Silver Anniversary Basketball Team.